The 6-6, 311-pound Bethel Park (Pa.) offensive tackle Michael Grimm starts off his senior season with a 2-0 record. Grimm and the Blackhawks come off their most recent win against the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils were picked to be the favorite in last Friday's match-up, but Grimm and the Blackhawks were playing with a chip on their shoulders after losing last year's contest. This year, Grimm and the Blackhawks defeated the Blue Devils 14-3."We had been thinking about that loss for a whole year now," said Grimm. "We won, and I can't wait to play against Woodland Hills this Friday."
While Grimm is focused on this season, he also can't help but think of what's to come. After making a verbal commitment to Pittsburgh in June, Grimm recently took his official visit to watch head coach Paul Chryst and the rest of the Panthers in their ACC debut last Monday against Florida State.
"The game still made a really good impression," said Grimm. "I saw a lot of freshman play. Florida State is a top team, and Pitt did what they could. I still love the school, the coaches and everyone there. It's definitely a place I want to be at next year."
Despite watching Pitt lose 41-13 live at Heinz field, Grimm came away with a handful of positives. Grimm experienced a sold out crowd of 65,500 fans, he saw 11 true freshmen take the field and an O-line he's hoping he can help contribute to next season.
"With seeing so many freshman out there, it definitely shows me that I can have the opportunity to play or maybe get a starting position if I work hard enough," said Grimm. "I hope I get the chance to play next year. In the off season, I'm going to start training with them and see where it goes from there.
"The crowd and atmosphere was the best part. Last year, there weren't a lot of people at the game when I visited, but on Monday it was packed. It was crazy and everyone was so hyped up."
While the three-star Grimm only made a verbal commitment to Pittsburgh, it doesn't seem likely he will be swaying from his decision. Although, his list of offers is nearly at 20, Grimm's visits to Pitt are what has sealed the deal for the young tackle.